Nov 3, 2008

15 Yamaha India launches FZ16 an Air Cooled, 150 cc Motorcycle

Yamaha India launches its Pulsar/Apache/CBZ Xtreme/Hunk/Unicorn challenger.. the FZ16

This post (and a few more in the coming days) is meant to chronicle the launch of motorcycle(s) in India between May-Oct 2008 (the period during which "The Bike Chronicles of India" was briefly inactive)..

I had expressed my doubts that the naked bike concept which was shown at the 9'th Auto Expo would make it as a final product dressed up in the same way as it was shown there.

Well.. needless to say but Yamaha India has surprised me by launching the same FZ concept which they showed at the Auto Expo 2008 as the 150 cc FZ16 (on Sep 14 2008)..!!

Yamaha FZ16 Wallpaper

Yamaha FZ16 Wallpaper

[Read the "Test Ride Review" of the Yamaha FZ16 at Zigwheels.Com]


The final product is a stunningly styled naked 150 cc bike. Apart from the styling the FZ16 also features a few first in India features.

The 140 mm wide Rear Tyre is an impossibly FAT one and is the largest rear tyre on not just for its segment but for any production motorcycle in India

The FZ16 is the first 150 cc bike in India to feature tubeles tyres both in the front and the rear. It also has a full digital (even the tachometer is now digital) speedometer console. The 140 mm wide Rear Tyre is an impossibly FAT one and is the largest rear tyre on not just for its segment but for any production motorcycle in India. The Rear Tyres are also Tubeless Radials which helps in reducing the weight.

Yamaha FZ16 Fuel Tank

Even the inner tubes of the front fork are of 41 mm dia and are possibly the largest on any current production motorcycle again in India. The bulky looking fuel tank of the FZ16 is actually a three piece unit with plastic resin covers as its outer covering.

Yamaha FZ16 Digital Speedometer

The FZ16 is the second bike in India to feature a monoshock suspension at its rear. The silencer of the FZ16 is a short and stubby looking unit which according to YAMAHA helps in centralization of the bike's mass and therefore aids in handling.


The rated power of the FZ16 is 14 Ps max power which puts it in the same league as the Pulsar 150 DTSi and the Hero Honda Hunk/CBZ Xtreme. But it is the Torque of the FZ16 (14 Nm @ 6000 RPM) which is a bit higher compared to its current 150 cc competition. Looking at the Power/Torque figures the FZ16 seems to be an ideal City Bike.

Price: The FZ16 is priced at Rs. 65,000 (Ex-Showroom) across the country which makes it about Rs. 5,000 costlier than its competition like the Pulsar 150 DTSi, Hero Honda Hunk/CBZ Xtreme, Honda Unicorn etc.

Colors: The FZ currently is available in three colors.

  • Black

  • Red

  • Orange

Yamaha FZ16, Technical Specifications

  • Engine type: Air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve

  • Displacement: 153.0 cm3

  • Bore & Stroke: 58.0 × 57.9mm

  • Compression ratio: 9.5:1

  • Maximum output: 14PS / 7500 rpm

  • Maximum torque: 14 N.m / 6000 rpm

  • Starting: Electric starter

  • Lubrication type: Wet sump

  • Carburetor type: BS26

  • Clutch type: Constant mesh wet multiplate

  • Ignition type: CDI

  • Primary/secondary reduction ratio: 3.409 / 2.857

  • Transmission type: Return type 5-speed

  • Frame type: Diamond

  • Suspension: (front/rear) Telescopic / Monocross

  • Wheelbase: 1,335mm

  • Brake type(front/rear): Hydraulic single disc / drum

  • Tire size (front/rear): 100/80-17 / 140/60-R17

  • Overall Length × Width × Height: 1,975mm × 770mm × 1,045mm

  • Seat height 790mm

  • Wheelbase 1,335mm

  • Minimum ground clearance 160mm

  • Dry weight/Curb weight 126 kg / 137 kg

  • Fuel tank volume 12 liters

  • Engine oil volume 1.2 liters

Yamaha FZ16 Wallpaper: Courtesy Yamaha India Website

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Sajal said...

The YAMAHA FZ16 is defenitely a killer lookwise and after long long I had liked the looks of a 150cc bike apart from the Pulsar. I saw one in my colony yesterday. Apart from the look and feel, the sound is kinda awesome!!!

I'm not sure but I guess it's the third bike to have mono-shock apart from the Unicorn and the R15.

There's a new Yamaha show-room quite near by...
Let's plan a visit and try out some test rides!!! what say??? There's quite a few ones to cover!!!

Cé$âr said...

Payeng? Is that you? :D

Payeng said...

Hi Sajal and Ce$ar..!!

Yes its me... and itrs great to be back..!!

@ Sajal..

Test Ride..?? Why not..!!

Anil Kumar said...

Oh my God I could not believe it.As the rock would say finally,payeng has come back to blogging.Great to see you back.

kovin said...

i think this byke looks good but lots -ve r there...
lets wait for feed back....

bikerboy said...

I rode this bike, its not about all the jazz that you find on Pulsar, this bike is full of quality parts and made for the long run for years to come, sounds crisp, and delivery of power is too good, the top whack is way beyond any pulsar 150cc could do.. you can push thru 130kmph, thats something what will itch all the pulsarians. though you dont find a lot of goodies like in pulsar this is just another mean machine that you'll never regret buying.

Balram Nayak said...

It is nothing but return of the legend. I caurse all Yamaha personnels where you guys were for last so many years ??? when you could come with this stuffs why not before 10 years when you stopped selling RX series ? It is a gross criminal mistakes you people have done for which there is no excuse. But neverthless congrats for yr FZ 16 & 15

raj said...

r 16 like small bike any ney bike launched

Anonymous said...

I see lot of minus 4 this bike.
We can't have footguard in this.
And lot of fibre parts in this bike.

Anonymous said...

its the best bike i have ever seen.its really good that YAMAHA has created a amazing sports bike for the citizens of India.I'am looking forward to buy it.

shalini said...

yamaha realy awesome....the bike that wil make a differece on indian roads..........this a blend of style n comfart this one rocks

jude said...

hey i own it ... and its simply superb bike wid a lot of macho feel and awe. hats off to yamaha!!

Anonymous said...

i like it, sooner in Indonesia in September....

Maninder said...

hey i m going to buy fzzz 16 but i heard from somewhere that we have to rob a bank to feed yamaha bikes
if yes so plz tell me to choose a godd bike of 150 cc

GOPI said...

Yes! its true. Really we need to rob somewhere else to put petrol for FZ's.

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